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Rochdale Sports Car Pioneers

  • Book
  • B-971
  • ISBN 978-1-872955-34-6
Published January 01, 2014 by Kirkdale Press in United Kingdom
Rochdale Sports Car Pioneers
  • English
  • 240 pages

The years following the Second World War saw Britain in the grip of shortages, rationing and recession. For those wanting a high-performance car there was little choice - either buy a pre-war model, or build your own. This led to the conversion of the most unlikely vehicles into genuine sports cars, and a whole industry grew up using the newly-developed fiberglass material to facilitate conversions. Operating from a tiny back-street woolen mill, Rochdale Motor Panels became a market leader, and made it possible to construct genuine 100mph+ vehicles at a fraction of market prices. The late 1950s were a boom time, and by 1960 Rochdale was ready for a huge leap forward. The exquisite Lotus Elite had proved it was possible to use the material for structural purposes: Rochdale cleverly avoided all the problems faced by that vehicle in their breathtakingly simple Olympic design. The book, with 240 full-color pages and 266 photographs, explores the difficulties faced in producing such an advanced design, and the social background to its unique place in motoring history.